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Apparent Murder-Suicide North of Hoisington

Barton County SheriffTwo people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide north of Hoisington on Tuesday evening.

According to a press release from the Barton County Sheriff's Office, officers were called to a rural residence in the 1600 block of NE 20 Ave. at around 8:30 PM by a juvenile who stated shots had been fired. Officers arrived at the single farm residence and found two bodies. The juvenile was hiding in a closet and unharmed.

The bodies were identified by the Barton County Coroner's Office as 35-year-old Justin Heggemeier and his wife, 39-year-old Michelle Heggemeier.

Both lived at the rural location and a preliminary investigation indicates the woman was shot at close range and the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The incident is under investigation.

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